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From sky-high spruces to Charlie Brown classics, local farms have the loveliest evergreen trees to make the season merry and bright.

By Sabrina Sucato, with additional reporting by Raphael Beretta and Francesca Furey

Few things light up a home during the holidays quite like a real, honest-to-goodness Christmas tree. From the fresh scent of pine to the prickly branches that support ornaments oh so well, live trees have a special sort of magic that no store-bought variety can ever duplicate.

Here in the Hudson Valley, the passing of Thanksgiving kicks off the start of tree season. Whether you pine for a nine-foot showstopper you choose and chop yourself or a precut three-footer that sits lovingly on your living room table, you’ll find it all at the Valley’s evergreen farms.

If you go, make sure to bring cash or check with you, since many farms do not accept credit, and remember to wear your mask!

Columbia County

Heller’s Farm

Where: Heller’s Farm, Germantown
What you’ll find: Douglas Fir
Opening day: November 26

Heller’s Farm dates back to 1930, and has remained in the family ever since. Though most of the year is focused on Concord and Niagara grapes, Christmas tree season begins the day after Thanksgiving. Choose your ideal Douglas fir tree to bring home for the holidays, and stop by The Pickin’ Shack for assorted baked goods, preserves, and other farm-to-table products.

Rt 9G and Hover Ave, Germantown
Until sold out, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dutchess County

 

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Abel’s Trees

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Meyer Spruce, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce, White Spruce
Opening day: November 26

Beginning on Black Friday, Abel’s opens its grounds to Hudson Valleyites in search of their golden tree. The farm offers options for families who want to choose and cut their own tree and for those who prefer pre-dug and baled varieties. All trees in open fields cost $75. Bring a saw to cut the tree of your choice or take advantage of complimentary baling. Special tree carts will be used in lieu of the usual wagons for improved health safety. After you get your tree, swing by the barn for home-baked treats like gingerbread cookies, whoopie pies, and peanut butter bars.

435 North Clove Rd, Verbank
Every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weekdays by appointment

Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Balsam Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Spruce, White Pine
Opening day: November 22

Bring the family to Battenfield’s for a winter experience like no other. The farm is a one-stop shop for all-natural holiday decorations. Visitors can cut their own tree, order a custom wreath, and choose the perfect boxwood centerpiece without ever leaving the grounds. Visit the website for a $5 coupon, then stop in the Christmas Shoppe for ornaments and unique decorations while you’re there. Plus, visit with Santa on select weekends.

856 Rte 199, Red Hook
Through late-December, daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bilmar Nurseries

What you’ll find: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, White Pine
Opening day: November 26

The 200 acres of this Pleasant Valley farm host a wide variety of Christmas trees, including Balsam fir, blue spruce, and white pine, to name a few. Visitors flock to Bilmar Nurseries year-round for haunted hayrides, pumpkin patches, and plenty of hiking. Grab a saw and cut down your own tree, or select a giant pre-cut tree. Then, shop for wreaths and take tons of cute family photos.

26 Bilmar Blvd, Pleasant Valley
Through late-December, daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on select dates)

BJ’s Christmas Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine
Opening day: November 26

When it comes to Christmas trees, BJ’s takes its job very, very seriously. The Pleasant Valley farm sells Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, and Eastern White Pines on its pick-your-own grounds. The store will be closed this year due to the pandemic, but wreaths and holiday ornaments will be sold under the pole barn. Take home any size of tree for $57.

14 Evergreen Path, Pleasant Valley
Weekends to Christmas, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Evergreen Farm

What you’ll find: Douglas Firs, Frazier Firs, Concolor Firs, Spruce
Opening day: November 26

For dreamy Douglas and Frazier Firs, look to Evergreen Farm in Wassaic. The community farm, which also sells Spruce trees and Balsam Fir wreaths, offers cutting and carrying services to anyone who requests them. Every year, the farm also donates trees through the National Trees for Troops program to make holiday magic for soldiers in their homes or at their posts.

407 N Tower Hill Rd, Wassaic
November 26–28, December 4–5, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fabulous Firs Christmas Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, White and Blue Spruce
Opening day: November 20

This fourth-generation family farm specializes in evergreens that are long-lasting trees with excellent needle retention. Fabulous Firs planted its first Christmas tree in 1984, and continues to offer cut-your-own and pre-cut options. Plus, shop for elegant handmade wreaths. Feel free to bring your dog with the family and have a festive day out in the Hudson Valley.

683 Van Wagner Rd, Poughkeepsie
Weekdays 12-4 p.m., weekends  9 a.m. –4 p.m.

Hahn Farm

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine
Opening day: November 26

Eight generations have tended Hahn Farm, a Dutchess County destination dating back to 1789. The family raises cattle, sheep, hogs, and alpacas on 60 acres of pasture. Find six varieties of trees on a verdant eight-acre corner of the property. Hop on a hayride to get to the trees on weekends, and either cut your own or select a pre-cut option…before they sell out.

1697 Salt Point Tpke, Salt Point
Black Friday through December 23, weekdays 12-4:30 p.m., Fridays 12-6 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Murphy Crest Christmas Tree Farm

Opening day: November 26

A true choose-and-cut farm, Murphy Crest has an ample variety of sizes, ranging from bitty bushes to eight-foot toppers. Pets are allowed on the farm, although they must remain on leashes. Complimentary hot cocoa and coffee along with a gift for “baby’s first Christmas” will definitely get you into the holiday spirit here in the Hudson Valley.

170 Depot Hill Rd, Amenia
Weekends until sold out, 9 a.m. – dark

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Primrose Hill Farm

What you’ll find: Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, White Spruce
Opening day: November 26

This eighth-generation family farm in Staatsburg charms in winter, thanks to an abundance of trees and holiday goodies. Cut your own White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, or Concolor Fir, then browse the ornaments, wreaths, and tree stands in the shop. Before you go, warm up with hot chocolate, brownies, and cookies.

203 Fiddlers Bridge Rd, Staatsburg
Daily through December 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rawls Christmas Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Fraser and Canaan Fir
Opening day: November 26

At Rawls Christmas Tree Farm, you have everything you need to take home the perfect holiday centerpiece. The team onsite provides bow saws for customers, offers complimentary bailing, and assists with fastening trees to your vehicle. Find a pristine Fraser or Canaan Fir without a worry.

47 Rawls Road, Pleasant Valley
Weekends through December, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (weekdays by appointment only)

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Saltsman Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Balsam fir, Canaan fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, White Pine, White and Blue Spruce
Opening day: November 26

The Saltsman-Tiberio family has been providing the Rhinebeck area with holiday trees for over 30 years, and for good reason. The farm stocks pre-cut Fraser and Balsam Firs, as well as choose-and-cut Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Fraser Fir, and Balsam Firs. Visit early in the season if you want to pick your own or stop by anytime to score a pre-cut tree for your home. As an extra incentive to visit, the farm keeps a roaring bonfire to keep you warm during your visit.

214 Rte 308, Rhinebeck
Black Friday and weekends 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Weekdays 1-4:30 p.m.

Solvang Christmas Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Engelman Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Spruce
Opening day: November 26

Tucked in Poughkeepsie, Solvang Tree Farm kicks of the holiday season on Black Friday with an extensive selection of cut-your-own and fresh-cut trees. On top of that, the farm has everything you need to turn your home into a winter retreat. Pick up wreaths and pine roping, then find a few table arrangements and even a kissing ball or two to upgrade your interior. This year, cut-your-own varieties include four spruces, while Fraser, Concolor, and Douglas firs round out fresh-cut options.

80 Bedell Rd, Poughkeepsie
Fri-Sun through December 20, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wonderland Farm

What you’ll find: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir
Opening day: Weekend before Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for Christmas tree experts, you’ll find them at Wonderland. For more than 30 years, the Lobotsky family has provided local families with access to cut-your-own Balsam, Fraser, Canaan Fir, and Blue Spruce trees. Wrapping and rope are free of charge, and saws are available for use on a lending basis. After you load the tree onto your car roof, take a moment to relax with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa.

191 White Schoolhouse Rd, Rhinebeck
Weekends until sold out,  Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m. – dusk

Orange County

Emmerich Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Black Hill Spruce, Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Korean Fir, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce, White Pine, White Spruce
Opening day: November 26 (reservations only)

Emmerich Tree Farm kicks off the holidays early at the end of November. Visitors can opt for cut-your-own or precut trees, as well as wreaths, handmade ornaments, and so much more. Reserve your appointment online before the farm books up for the season. Planning on tying the knot soon? Emmerich Tree Farm also hosts gorgeous Hudson Valley weddings in the off-season.

101 Sleepy Valley Rd, Warwick
November 26-28, December 4-5 by appointment

Farmside Acres

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Firs, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine
Opening day: November 27

Farmside Acres stocks nearly 5,000 classic trees like Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce, and Norway Spruce, with an emphasis on mid-range heights. Perhaps the most unique thing about the farm, however, is its longstanding commitment to the Trees for Troops program. For the past 10 years, Farmside has donated more than 3,000 trees to troops who need a little holiday pep.

280 Angola Rd, Cornwall
November 27-28, December 4-5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Manza Family Farm

What you’ll find: Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Turkish Fir
Opening day: November 27

Freshly cut Douglas, Fraser, and Turkish firs complement ready-to-plant living Spruce and Fir trees, if you want to plan for the future. Spend a day at Manza Family Farm by visiting the nativity display, hanging out with the adorable mini donkeys, and looking for a glimpse of Santa on the weekends.

730 Route 211, Montgomery
Through December 19, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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Pine View Farm

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Meyer Spruce, White Spruce
Opening day: December 11

New Windsor’s choose-and-cut tree farm is open for just one weekend this year, so plan ahead before you make a visit. The farm stocks Canaan, Concolor, and Fraser Firs, along with Blue, Meyer, and White Spruces. Woodland trails connect the five fields to one another, so wear sturdy walking shoes in case the grounds get muddy. All customers can make use of the saws, tree carts, and baling services, while little visitors can sweeten the day with gratis candy canes and stickers.

575 Jackson Ave, New Windsor
December 11-12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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Rocky Bar Farm

Opening day: November 27

Rocky Bar is ready to go with choose-and-cut and precut trees for Hudson Valley visitors during the first two weekends in December. Wreaths and ornaments will also be available for purchase in case you want to do some early holiday shopping while you’re there. Cute “Charlie Brown” trees make for holiday décor with a lot of character.

52 Rocky Bar Rd, Westtown
November 27-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Stone Oak Farm

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, White Spruce
Opening day: November 27

Eight beautiful acres of spruce and fir trees make Stone Oak farm a can’t-miss destination. A rustic Airbnb onsite offers three rooms with decks that overlook the vast farm. If you spend the night, warm up next to a roaring fireplace.

207 Stony Bar Rd, Slate Hill
Weekends through December 12, 10 a.m. – dusk, weekdays by appointment

 

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Wright Family Farm

What you’ll find: Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir
Opening day: November 27

Anyone on the hunt for classic Fraser and Balsam Firs will love the holiday shopping opportunities at Wright’s. The farm stocks everything from table-toppers to 12-footers, making it an ideal destination for apartment dwellers and homeowners alike. After you get your tree netted and strapped to your car, stick around for wreaths, garland, and handmade knitting for scarves and hats.

329 Kings Hwy, Warwick
Through December; Mon-Thurs 12-6 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Putnam County

Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store

What you’ll find: Fresh-cut trees
Opening day: November 27

You won’t want to miss Green Chimney’s fresh-cut Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, and gift baskets specially made to order. Shop the store all season long for local produce and presents from Hudson Valley artisans, including festive birdhouses, glass ornaments, and beautiful pottery. Hot cocoa, tea, and fresh cookies keep the store especially merry this holiday season. Plus, every purchase supports a student with special needs.

301 Doansburg Rd, Brewster
Through December 22, daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Salinger’s Orchards

What you’ll find: Fresh-cut trees
Opening day: November 27

Salinger’s Orchard transforms into a winter wonderland around the holidays. Of course, select freshly cut Hudson Valley trees, but stay for incredible baked goods. Gift boxes with holiday cakes and fresh apples can be shipped anywhere in the Northeast, allowing you to send Salinger’s wherever your family may be.

230 Guinea Rd, Brewster
Through December 31, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Christmas tree farm

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Cockburn Farm

What you’ll find: Concolor, Douglas, and Fraser Firs
Opening day: November 26

Nothing beats walking through gorgeous Hudson Valley scenery – unless you can add a cup of hot chocolate to the mix. Cockburn Farm is a one-stop shop for all your decorating needs, and that includes Christmas trees. Still need to get that holiday card photo taken? Sit with Santa on weekends before he heads back to the North Pole. Prices start at $75.

1611 Rt 9, Garrison
Everyday through December 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ulster County

Balsam Ridge Christmas Tree Farm

What you’ll find: Balsam, Fraser, and Canaan Firs
Opening day: November 26

Clintondale’s choose-and-cut farm lets visitors chop the tree themselves, although its staff are happy to lend a hand with the big cut. As for selection, trees include Fraser, Balsam, and Canaan Firs, with a limited number of Concolor Firs and Colorado Blue Spruces available. Hudson Valley trees cost $12 per foot to cut down.

288 South St, Clintondale
Weekends until sold out; 9 a.m. –  4 p.m.

Bell’s Christmas Trees

What you’ll find: Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fralsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, Korean/Corkbark Cross, Korean Fir, Meyer Spruce, Serbian Spruce
Opening day: November 26

Bell’s lures shoppers far and wide with one of the best tree deals around this season. For $60, visitors can score any U-cut tree of their choice, plus free drilling, shaking, and baling services. If you’d rather not labor to timber your tree, opt for one of the pre-cut styles, which are priced by size. Saws are available upon request. Plus, Santa will be at the farm November 28 at 1 p.m.

647 Mettacahonts Rd, Accord
Through December 23; Mon, Wed-Fri 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Tree Lane

What you’ll find: Blue Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Fralsam Fir, Norway Spruce, Serbian Fir
Opening day: November 27

Peruse a massive assortment of spruce and fir trees this holiday season. Sit by the fire and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or a roasted marshmallow. Plus, this year Christmas Tree Lane invites Hudson Valley food vendors to the farm. Snack on comfort meals from Food by Nicole or grab drinks from Milk and Honey.

9 Christmas Tree Dr, Wallkill
Through December 19

 

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Hurds Family Farm

What you’ll find: Cut-your-own trees
Opening day: December 4

Hurds is an exciting place to be during the holidays. While Santa won’t be skydiving to the farm like in past years, there’s still plenty to see on the Modena grounds, with a wide selection of trees available. Make an appointment to select one and cut.

2187 Rte 32, Modena
Though December by appointment

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Wallkill View Farm

What you’ll find: Douglas and Fraser Firs
Opening day: Unknown at press time

In addition to stocking farm-fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year, Wallkill View also sells Douglas and Fraser Fir trees during the holidays. With more than 100 trees on display, everyone can find the seasonal showstopper that calls to them. Plus, if the day gets too chilly, visitors can warm up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate. Poinsettias and cyclamens also make great gifts.

15 Rte 299 W, New Paltz
Through December, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


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